Friday, June 24, 2016

A Lyric Medley | Tag

Jamie from Through Two Blue Eyes tagged me (a long time ago) (thank you!) - this was fun to do. I changed some of the questions a this point this is a very random bunch of songs. Oh, and I added some gifs. Yay.

Are you ready?

I love that guy in the middle. I mean, look at those eyes. Such intensity.

A song that describes me perfectly:
Waiting for My Time to Come by Colony House 

I've tried, I've failed
I thought I gave my all
Now it's hard to tell
Is this the end of this dream I lost
Or just an introduction to how much it may cost
I'm just waiting on seasons to change
Waiting for the curtain to fall
I could lose my cool like a restless fool
But I'm waiting for my time to come

The happiest song I know:
What a Wonderful World by IZ

Well I see trees of green and red roses too
I'll watch them bloom for me and you
And I think to myself
What a wonderful world
The colors of the rainbow so pretty in the sky
And also on the faces of people passing by
I see friends shaking hands saying
How do you do?
They're really saying, I, I love you

A song that makes me want to dance:
Hail hail what's the matter with your head?
Hail hail what's the matter with your mind?
And your sign an-o oh oh oh

27 Times Zac Efron Embarrassed Himself In The “High School Musical” Franchise... this is hilarious.

Dom dom dom dom
Dom be dooby
Dom dom dom dom dom
Dom be dooby
Dom dom dom dom dom
Dom be doonby dom
Whoa whoa whoa whoa

It might seem crazy what I'm about to say
Sunshine she's here, you can take away
I'm a hot air balloon I could go to space
With the air, like I don't care baby by the way

Favorite Tayor Swift song:

I'm just gonna shake, shake, shake, shake, shake
I shake it off, I shake it off

Favorite song from a movie soundtrack:

Up is Down, by Hans Zimmer (from Pirates of the Caribbean 3) ♥

An "I can't even" song:

Taking over this town they should worry
But these problems aside I think I taught you well
That we won't run, and we won't run, and we won't run
Howling ghosts -- they reappear
In mountains that are stacked with fear
But you're a king and I'm a lionheart
And in the sea that's painted black
Creatures lurk below the deck
But you're a king and I'm a lionheart
A lionheart

A song that gives me chills every time I hear it:

This one literally does give me chills every time. The first time I saw Star Wars (the original three) 
I was about five. It's the first story I fell in love with so it's special to me and awesomeness.

The Force Theme, by John Williams (from Star Wars)

Favorite classical song:

Nessun Dorma, by Puccini (sung by Katherine Jenkins)

New favorite song:

'Cause you're a sky full of stars
You light up my path

Favorite music video:

Your world keeps spinning but you can't jump off
But I will catch you if you fall I can't tell you enough
I hate to hear that you're feeling low

There are so many great songs out there. I feel like this should be so much longer. So many absolutely fantastic songs.


(this tag was created by Rose)

The rules: 1/ Thank and link back to the person who tagged you 2/ Make a collage that represents your taste in music to go along with your post 3/ List a song for each of the 10 questions (or make up your own) and include your favorite lyrics 4/ Tag at least 5 other bloggers

I tag: Hamlette, Morning, Jana, (and anyone else who'd like too, and I can add you here if you want)

What are your favorite songs? xx (all images from Pinterest)

Thursday, June 23, 2016

"I am done letting it consume me" | quote tag day III

Good is stronger than 
evil; light is stronger 
than darkness; life 
is stronger than death.

(Desmond Tutu)

Quote in the title from T'Challa in Captain America: Civil War. Day three, last day of the quote tag! (day one and two here) I tag Hannah Mary at The Daisy TreeJordy at Fox in the Woodlands, and Amy at Little Moon Dragon

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

hope | quote tag day two

We need you 
       to hope 

(Charles Xavier, Days of Future Past)

This is the second day of the Quote Tag (day one here). I tag: M at The Little Life of MeKate at The Goodness Revolt, and Dani at a vapor in the wind.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

dr. seuss | quote tag day one

I like nonsense
it wakes up
the brain

(Dr. Seuss)

S.F. from On Solid Ground tagged me the Quote Tag (thank you!). Rules: 1/ Thank the person who tagged you 2/ Post a new quote every day for three consecutive days 3/ Tag three new bloggers every day. I tag: Rosie at Self Known, Jamie at Through Two Blue Eyes, and Faith at Princess Faith

Monday, June 13, 2016

what they truly are

If you stopped seeing the world in terms of what you like and what you dislike, and saw things for what they truly are in themselves, you would find a great deal more peace in your life.

(Patrick Jane in The Mentalist)

Monday, June 06, 2016

Captain America: Civil War | Review

(spoiler-free review)

When the United Nations propose the Sokovia Accords, putting superhumans who sign them under the UN’s command, the Avengers become divided as they discuss signing. Civil war commences when the UN sends their Avengers, led by Tony, on a manhunt for Bucky Barnes with orders to shoot on sight and Steve and his Avengers protect Bucky, thereby opposing the UN and making themselves criminals. It’s the UN versus Bucky, and Avengers on either side. 

Steve and Tony are both concerned with being responsible for their actions, but they go about being responsible in different ways. Steve, by knowing his limits and Tony, by consigning his abilities.

Tony believes the responsible thing is to put himself under the jurisdiction of the UN so they can maintain safety by controlling the Avengers’ power. Tony’s smart and not used to being fooled. You see that in Iron Man when he realizes Yinsen, a fellow prisoner who helps him escape captivity, never planned to escape himself. It makes Tony sick. But he escapes, honoring Yinsen’s sacrifice and last words - don’t waste it - don’t waste your life - dedicating his life to protecting the world. It’s unsettling for Tony to realize he’s made a mistake, but ultimately he’s able to move on with new awareness. In Civil War Tony is blamed for bad things happening. He signs the Accords, hoping the UN won’t make the mistakes he might. It’s a parallel to what happened in Iron Man where he stops making weapons, having realized their consequences, and instead builds the Iron Man suit to protect people. In Civil War, Tony signs the Sovokia Accords, putting himself under the jurisdiction of the UN. He does whatever he believes it takes to stop bad things from happening, but he doesn’t always understand who’s responsible for them and consequently how to prevent them effectively.

the way Tony doesn't even look him in the face before hitting Steve --> Still angry at you, Stark.
Steve believes if the Avengers submit to the UN their oversight would hinder the Avengers’ ability to protect: “What if they don’t let us go where we need to?” And he’s wary of trusting the UN: “What if they send us somewhere we don’t want to go?” As Dr. Erskine, who helped give Steve his powers, said, he’s not a perfect soldier, but a good man. A good man, careful to do the right thing, not a good soldier who follows orders blindly. To Steve, being self responsible is a fundamental of what it means to be American: being American means every man standing up for what he believes to maintain truth and hold his country responsible to it:
This nation was founded on one principle above all else: The requirement that we stand up for what we believe, no matter the odds or the consequences. (Cap in The Amazing Spider-Man: Civil War; In Civil War Sharon Carter quotes Peggy Carter, paraphrasing a section of this speech)
The value of standing up for what you believe, whatever the odds, is the value that makes Steve Rogers Captain America, and it’s also why he decides not to sign the Accords, just as the quality which caused billionaire-playboy-philanthropist Tony Stark to become the hero Iron Man is also why he decides to sign the Accords. 

Bucky is also concerned with being responsible, worried about his actions should he lose control of himself. We know Steve and Bucky are close friends from First Avenger and Winter Soldier. They grew up together, have fun together, fought together. But in Civil War it’s evident they also share the same values, values which prompt them both to take full responsibility of their actions.

via | I's hard to describe how much I love this moment.
The many characters of Civil War are handled naturally, their goals and relationships carrying them on and off screen. Spider-Man is exactly what he should be: “When you can do the things that I can, but you don’t, and then the bad things happen, they happen because of you”. Black Panther can objectively see the big picture and is a necessary character in the difficult circumstances of Civil War. Ant-Man and Wanda’s second appearances made me like them more and Bucky as he should always be is the central thread the story wraps around. Vision, Rhody, Sam Wilson, Sharon Carter, Natasha, and Clint Barton all contribute to the story’s progress. 

Maybe it’s just me, but Civil War isn’t the movie to begin watching Marvel movies with, not only because of the plot, but also because to be in it emotionally you’ve got to already be attached to the characters, otherwise you’re just watching. It’s like there’s no emotional entrance. 


The choreography, camera work, soundtrack, and eloquent, masterful script tieing back to every relevant previous Marvel movie with parallels and developing themes are what I adore most about the Russo brothers’ directing (so basically everything). The main themes in Civil War are responsibility and vengeance. The patterns of movement in the fight scenes are like a dance. As one reviewer said, Cap’s fighting style is raw, and more defined than in previous movies. Henry Jackman’s music is harshly beautiful and wailing. In Civil War there’s one scene shown four times, each time you learn and feel something new. That’s exactly what perspective should do: grow understanding. Civil War builds up scene after scene, tying itself together with repeating themes and parallels, giving it a sense of wholeness and defined purpose.

MY RATING: 4-5/5
(Need to watch it again to know for sure. Winter Soldier is still my favorite.)


SPOILERS: Right when Stark was about to move on from the mistake of thinking Bucky a villain his deepest emotions are manipulated, turning him against Bucky. Tony knows Bucky isn’t responsible for his actions under mind control, but, “I don’t care. He killed my mom”.  Bucky himself knows he’s not responsible, but, “I still did it”. Everyone has some place where reason just doesn’t have the same import and human emotion rules the day. Tony was unreasonable to fight Bucky, but Zemo wasn’t using reason to turn the Avengers against each other, he was toying with human emotion. He was smart. You can’t confuse people forever with twisted logic, but simple blatant human emotion is difficult to reason, and if you toy with it enough people stop caring about being reasonable. 

The motives in Civil War are simple - Zemo avenging his family, Panther avenging his father, Tony avenging his parents, the UN hunting a supposed bomber - and the complexities are all because of perspective, understanding, and communication. It emphasizes the idea that war is confusion, as Vision implied. 

It’s interesting in the final fight between Tony, Steve, and Bucky that they each lose their token: the arc reactor powering Tony’s suit, Bucky’s metal arm, and Steve’s shield. It’s symbolic of how no side really wins in war. As the tagline said, “divided we fall”. ‘We fall’ - not one side fallen and one side standing, every side fallen. END OF SPOILERS

add up

hope that you 
spend your days
and they all add up

(from I Lived, by One Republic)

Thursday, June 02, 2016

this moment

What you can accomplish is irrelevant. But 
if you are absent in this moment 
you will regret it for the rest of [your] life.

(Patrick Jane in The Mentalist)